2020 Tokyo Olympics: Katie Ledecky Wins Third 800m Freestyle Gold in a Row with Emphatic Win in Japan

by Jonathan Howard

Katie Ledecky continues her legendary career with yet ANOTHER 800m freestyle gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ledecky has gone from London to Rio and now Tokyo for a historic three-peat. The domination over the course of almost 10 years is unheard of in the sports world. Olympic three-peats almost never happen and Ledecky is now in unprecedented territory.

When Michael Phelps said Katie Ledecky could push him to his limits he was being very serious. Ledecky was 15-years old when she won gold at the 2012 London games. The win came as a surprise, likely the last underdog win she had. After taking on Rio at 19-years old she came away with four gold medals and a silver. Oh, she also set two world records.

Ledecky also owns 15 gold medals in world championships as well as three silver medals. The GOAT of women’s long course swimming owns the world record in the women’s 400, 800, and 1500 meter freestyle races. Her record in the 800m freestyle is 8:04.79. Tonight her 8:12.57 was good enough to win gold in Japan. The race was another in a long list of dominating performances.

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Katie Ledecky is Making Case for GOAT Status

The only comparison in swimming to Ledecky is Michael Phelps. Currently, Ledecky is making a strong case to surpass Phelps. If Ledecky’s career extends as far as Phelps’ did, she has three more Olympics in her future at least. Watch the finish of the race and see for yourself.

There is much more for Ledecky to do this Olympics and it is all going to be exciting. Fans of swimming, the Olympics, and of Ledecky should just sit back and take it all in. Watching a once in a generation athlete is a once-in-a-generation chance.

When discussing the dominance and greatness of Katie Ledecky there are very few that can be compared. One has already been listed. Serena Williams would be an apt comparison along with Phelps. As far as Phelps’ most decorated Olympian title goes, Ledecky is the only reasonable candidate to take that from him. At 24 there is so much potential for the future. World championships and more will be up for grabs in the coming years.

Ledecky won over Australian Ariarne Titmus and Italian Simona Quadarella. The effort they put in was great, but there is not much they could do to take down the three-time Olympic champion in the event. The win is her fourth medal of the games. She also has two silver medals. One in the 400m freestyle and the other in the 4x200m relay. This is her second gold medal of the games to go along with her win the 1500m. She won that over fellow American Erica Sullivan.